- Size 14 x 8 x 6 cm
David Shrigley Brass Tooth (2009) Limited Edition
Brass Tooth (2009)
Published in the UK by The Multiple Store, 2014
Materials: Solid polished brass, wooden box (signed and numbered by the artist) Size: 14 x 8 x 6 cm Edition: 80. Numbers available 45-50.
Commissioned by The Multiple Store
David Shrigley is widely known for his cartoon-like drawings which find dark humour in the bizarre and inconsequential. In his sculptural work he often re-interprets found objects and plays with their scale and mass.
Brass Tooth is macabre, comical and dysfunctional. By hugely exaggerating the size of the common molar, Shrigley plays on our fear of the dentist’s chair, but confounds us by making it in solid, heavy brass.
‘BRASS TOOTH is one of the heaviest small artworks that I have made. I imagine it will appeal to dentists and other people who are interested in teeth. It could also be used for cracking nuts with. (David Shrigley, 2014)
David Shrigley first came to Scotland in 1988 to study at Glasgow School of Art. He has lived and worked in Glasgow ever since.
Shrigley has exhibited widely in Europe and North America and his drawings have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines. He has produced animated pop promos for artists such as Blur and Bonnie Prince Billy and is also the author of over 30 books of drawings.
Recent solo exhibitions include: ‘Signs’ (Anton Kern Gallery, New York), 2013; ‘Brain Activity’, Hayward Gallery, London (2012) and ‘Arms Fayre’ (Stephen Friedman Gallery, 2012).
In 2013 he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize. In February 2014 it was announced that he would be one of the two next commissioned artist for the 4th Plinth in Trafalgar Square. His bronze sculpture, REALLY GOOD, will be unveiled on the plinth in 2016.
His work has been purchased by international collections including Museum of Modern Art, New York, NYC, The British Council, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, and Art Institute of Chicago.